Staying with Robin van Persie’s last Arsenal outing against Cologne, the BBC’s David Ornstein has reported that the match proved the setting for Arsene Wenger to tell his centre-forward that he had been sold.
According to Ornstein:
It is understood Van Persie was encouraged by the arrivals of Germany forward Lukas Podolski, France striker Olivier Giroud and Spain midfielder Cazorla – to the point where he was open to the idea of staying with or without a new contract. But Wenger pulled him aside shortly before Sunday’s friendly victory over Cologne, told him he would be sold if a deal could be reached and informed the Dutchman he was no longer part of his plans.
Individual highlights of his final Gunners’ match: Robin van Persie (Arsenal) v Cologne